From Middle English snake, from Old English snaca (“snake, serpent, reptile”), from Proto-Germanic *snakô (compare German Low German Snake, Snaak (“snake”), dialectal German Schnake (“adder”), Swedish snok (“grass snake”), Icelandic snákur (“snake”)), derived from *snakaną (“to crawl”) (compare Old High German snahhan), from Proto-Indo-European *snog-, *sneg- (“to crawl; a creeping thing”) (compare Sanskrit नाग (nāga, “snake”)).
snake (plural snakes)
- A legless reptile of the sub-order Serpentes with a long, thin body and a fork-shaped tongue.
- A treacherous person.
- A tool for unclogging plumbing.
- A tool to aid cable pulling.
- (slang) the penis.
- (mathematics) A series of Bézier curves
- (reptile): joe blake, serpent
- (plumbing tool): auger, plumber's snake
- (tool for cable pulling): wirepuller
- (slang: penis): trouser snake
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- (intransitive) To follow or move in a winding route.
- The path snaked through the forest.
- The river snakes through the valley.
- (transitive, Australia, slang) To steal slyly.
- He snaked my DVD!
- (transitive) To clean using a plumbing snake.
- (US, informal) To drag or draw, as a snake from a hole; often with out.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bartlett to this entry?)
- (nautical) To wind round spirally, as a large rope with a smaller, or with cord, the small rope lying in the spaces between the strands of the large one; to worm.